A Princess Cruises' ship with 1188 passengers onboard entered Kahului Harbor (Maui Island, Hawaii) on Wednesday, January 12, for the first time since the start of the COVID crisis.
Grand Princess arrived at 6:52 am and departed at 6 pm, the state Department of Transportation announced.
Not all tourists disembarked and came ashore after some tested COVID-positive or were identified as close contacts. Neither the Health Department nor the Transportation Department could say how many COVID cases were onboard.
According to DOT spokesperson Shelly Kunishige, as of January 12, there were no cases onboard Grand Princess "requiring hospitalization or additional medical attention.”
“Close contacts of the COVID positive individuals identified through the procedural surveillance testing have been isolated and not allowed to disembark. No COVID positive individuals whether symptomatic or asymptomatic have been allowed to disembark.”
Kunishige added that disembarking passengers and crew had gone through the Safe Travels program screening, requiring those traveling to Hawaii from out of state to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken before travel.
For more Grand Princess incidents and accidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.